Present were Executive Committee members Sarah Alger, Charley Cook, Paul Callahan, Jim Capron, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, and Mike Schoettle. Also present were Interim Executive Director William Placke and, at the invitation of the president, Nick Craw.
Board of Director’s Minutes
Report. Stephen Jeffries
reported that a corrected balance sheet would be distributed. Year-end cash is accurate at $225,000. Unaudited year-end closing is estimated to be $34,000 after
accounting for approximately $160,000 in unbudgeted expenses, as a
result of Terry Harper resigning. Stephen Jeffries also reported that US
SAILING has not had to draw on its line of credit.
Executive Director’s Report.
Speed” Work Plan.
He reported that staff is drafting a plan for the web site. He
noted that after talking with three possible vendors, he has selected a
consultant from Cambridge Consulting to define, utilizing flowcharts, US
SAILING’s current business processes and determine how they could be
streamlined, and to help determine the organization’s technology
requirements. Finally, he is reviewing employee policies to ensure
Fred Hagedorn reported that an Olympic Sailing Committee was being held
in Rhode Island during the weekend of Nov. 30.
As a member of the ISAF delegation, Charley Cook reported briefly on the
ISAF meeting that was held in Lisbon. It was decided that the weight
limit for Ynglings would be 205 kg for the women’s keelboat, with the
method of weighing still to be determined. He noted that two issues likely to come up in the near future
are the anti-hunting rule, 16.2, and the equipment rules for sailing.
Delegation member Bruce Eissner reported that the Offshore Racing
Council will continue to oversee administration of the IMS rules. He
noted that life rafts were discussed, and any questions from interested
individuals should be forwarded to him. Dave Rosekrans added that the presentation by Bruce Eissner,
Dan Nowlan, and Jim Teeters on the PHRF Toolbox and Laser Measurement
was a great success.
Racing Seminar. Jim Capron
noted that ISAF would like to hold a team race umpiring seminar at the
US Team Racing Association’s national championship at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He asked that the Executive Committee approve the ISAF seminar,
with the condition that US SAILING must have input into the on-the-water
assessment of the umpires to ensure the highest quality of the umpiring
for the athletes during the event.
Fred Hagedorn asked that US SAILING accept the USOC’s invitation to be
the NGB for Paralympic Sailing. Paul
Callahan noted that he is impressed with how far disabled sailing has
come and he applauds US SAILING for taking a progressive stance in this
area. He stated that he is
proud to be a disabled sailor and a member of US SAILING, and he
applauded Dave Rosekrans and Fred Hagedorn for making this happen.
and Adams Event. The
Executive Committee supported its earlier decision that the event held
in Rush Creek, Texas, should be recognized and a trophy awarded, but
that the names Mallory, Adams and Championship should not be used in
conjunction with that event.
Fred Hagedorn reminded members that two RFPs have gone out seeking a
firm or individuals to do a feasibility study and to begin raising
funds. Three finalists have
been reviewed, and committee members John Ross, Craig Healy, Bartz
Schneider, Dave Rosekrans and Fred Hagedorn, supported by Jonathan
Harley and Bill Placke, were in the process of voting on a finalist.
Chairman of the Junior
Women’s Championship. Dave
Rosekrans reported that he would like to name Joe East to be chairman of
the Junior Women’s Championship.
Prince of Wales
Committee. John Ross
reported that the POW committee did meet in St. Petersburg.
He noted that a new chairman is still to be determined.
He applauded the efforts of Kirk Brown and Chuck Kober who have
worked over the last several years to advance the championship to a
better level of participation.
Dave Rosekrans has formed a communications subcommittee that will
be part of the General Services. He proposed Hugh Elliot as the first
chair of the new subcommittee.
Research. Bill Placke
reported that cost estimates for the qualitative membership research are
proving to be on target with the projected budget. The staff is working
to be as cost-effective as possible, with Nell Roberts developing the
qualifying questions. She also will facilitate the sessions.
The goal is to schedule the focus groups for the first week of
January. The purpose of the
research is to answer fundamental questions about why people join US
SAILING, and why they leave.
12. Directory. Bill Placke reported that the cost of producing loose-leaf pages has
proved to be substantially higher than printing a perfect-bound
directory, given the quantities involved.
Recipients of the directory would be volunteers and high-level
members. Bill Placke will
circulate a detailed list of recipients for review.
Definition. Fred Hagedorn
reported that the Sailor-Athlete Advisory Council has put forth a
revised definition of athlete clarifying US SAILING events in the
definition. A vote will be taken by e-mail. Note: an e-mail vote was
taken and the revised definition approved on November 27, 2001.
Executive Session (Executive Committee members and Executive
at 8:47 p.m.